TIFF.40 Official Selection 2015 Aspen Film fest Hamptons Mill Valley



Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack and his Ma escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all––his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.


LENNY ABRAHAMSON (Director) was born in Dublin in 1966. While studying physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours.

LENNY ABRAHAMSON (Director) was born in Dublin in 1966. While studying physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours.

His first short film, 3 joes won the Best European Short Film Award at the 1991 Cork Film Festival and the Organiser’s Award at the 1992 Oberhausen Short Film Festival. He directed numerous commercials for television in Ireland, the UK and worldwide before taking the helm on his first feature film, Adam & Paul, a stylized, downbeat comedy written by Mark O’Halloran and released in 2004. Adam & Paul won the Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival.

His second feature film, Garage, another collaboration with writer Mark O’ Halloran, was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival® and won the CICAE Art and Essai award. The film also won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).

Abrahamson has also directed for television: his four one-hour TV films for RTE, “Prosperity,” won the Best Director for TV award 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards

What Richard Did, his third feature, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. Written by Malcolm Campbell, the film presents a stark portrait of a privileged Dublin teen whose world unravels over one summer night. What Richard Did premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was also selected for the 2012 BFI London Film Festival and the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

Abrahamson’s fourth feature, Frank, stars Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and tells the story of a young wannabe musician caught up in an avant-garde pop band led by the eponymous and enigmatic Frank, who always wears a giant fake head. Frank premiered to great praise at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

He is currently developing a number of projects including The Little Stranger, a film based on Sarah Waters’ novel, with Potboiler and Film4, and Neverhome, an adaptation of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel, with Element Pictures and Film4.

EMMA DONOGHUE (Screenwriter/Novelist) was born in Dublin in 1969 and now lives in Canada. She writes fiction and history as well as drama for radio, stage and screen

EMMA DONOGHUE (Screenwriter/Novelist) was born in Dublin in 1969 and now lives in Canada. She writes fiction and history as well as drama for radio, stage and screen. She is best known for her international bestseller Room, short-listed for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and winner of the Commonwealth (Canada/Carribean), Rogers Writers’ Trust and Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of The Year Awards. Her fiction ranges from contemporary (Stir-fry, Hood, Landing and Touchy Subjects) to historical (Slammerkin, The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter and Astray) to fairy tale (Kissing The Witch).



BRIE LARSON (MA) has built an impressive career as one of the more versatile young actresses working today. She garnered numerous 2014 Best Actress award wins and nominations for her performance in Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Her dramatic role as Grace, the director of a foster care facility, earned her Best Actress wins at the Locarno Film Festival and Gotham Awards, and a Best Actress nomination at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

It was recently announced that Larson landed the female lead in Universal/Legendary Picture’s Kong: Skull Island. Following Room, for which she is garnering award season buzz, she will be seen in the Martin Scorsese executive produced ‘70s crime thriller, Free Fire, opposite Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.Most recently, Larson was seen in this summer’s breakout hit, the Judd Apatow-directed film Trainwreck opposite Amy Schumer. Last December, she co-starred in The Gambler opposite Mark Wahlberg.

In addition to acting, Larson is a writer and director. Her short film The Arm won the prize for Best Comedic Storytelling at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Another short, Weighting, was in competition at this year’s SXSW film festival.

A native of Sacramento, Larson started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
 Larson currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.


JACOB TREMBLAY (Jack) is a Canadian born actor who began acting in 2010 when he was featured in several national and international commercials. At five years old, Jacob quickly transitioned to the big screen when he booked his first audition for film or television and was cast in Raja Gosnell’s Smurfs 2. In the film, Jacob plays the young son of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays.

Following Smurfs 2 Jacob went on to have a few supporting roles in the television shows Motive for ABC and Mr. Young for Disney and a supporting lead role in the movie for television, My Mother’s Future Husband.

Currently, the eight year old is busy filming Burn Your Maps where he stars opposite Vera Farmiga. Earlier this year he wrapped a supporting lead role in Shut In opposite Naomi Watts. Following Room, Jacob will also be seen in Before I Wake opposite Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane. In the film, Jacob plays a young orphan whose dreams and nightmares come alive physically as he sleeps.

When Jacob is not filming he enjoys learning about reptiles, kickboxing and playing with Legos.


Three-time Oscar® nominated actress JOAN ALLEN (Nancy) is currently in production on the upcoming ABC drama The Family with Rupert Graves, Alison Pill, Zach Gilford, and Andrew McCarthy. Created by Jenna Bans, Allen plays mayor Claire Warren, whose family tragedy propels her into political activism.

On television, Allen recently appeared in The Killing on Netflix opposite Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. She was also seen in David Milch and Michael Mann’s HBO drama series Luck with Dustin Hoffman. In 2009, Allen starred in the Lifetime Television biopic Georgia O’Keeffe opposite Jeremy Irons. As the title character and also the film’s executive producer, the role earned her Emmy®, SAG, and Golden Globe® nominations for both “Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie,” and “Outstanding Made for Television Movie.” In 2001, Allen starred in the TNT miniseries The Mists of Avalon opposite Anjelica Huston and Julianna Margulies, for which she was nominated for an Emmy® in the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries of a Movie.”

Allen received her first Academy Award® nomination for her role in Oliver Stone’s Nixon for which she also won awards from several critics’ associations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics; she also received SAG nominations in the categories of “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” and “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.”

Allen received her second consecutive Best Supporting Actress Oscar® nomination for her role in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe® for this role.

Subsequently, her work in The Ice Storm opposite Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver and in Pleasantville opposite William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels, earned her high praise and several critics’ awards.

For her starring role in The Contender Allen received Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globes®, Academy Awards®, SAG Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards.

Allen’s other feature credits include The Bourne Ultimatum; A Good Marriage; The Bourne Supremacy; The Notebook; Compromising Positions; Peggy Sue Got Married; Manhunter; Tucker: The Man and his Dream; Ethan Frome; and The Upside of Anger.

Allen is also one of the New York theater world’s most honored actresses and a winner of every major prize for her work on Broadway and off. She received a Best Actress Tony® Award for her performance, opposite John Malkovich in Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, and was Tony® nominated in the same category for the title role in The Heidi Chronicles. She starred off-Broadway in Delores and he Marriage of Bette & Boo, and reprised her Steppenwolf Theatre role in And A Nightingale Sang, for which she received Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards. An original member of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Allen performed in many of the company’s productions, some of which include: Earthly Possessions, Reckless, A Lesson From Aloes, Balm in Gilead, and Of Mice and Men.


SEAN BRIDGERS (Old Nick) is an actor and director, best known for his roles in the HBO series Deadwood and features such as Sweet Home Alabama and The Woman. He can also be seen in the upcoming feature films Dark PlacesMagnificent Seven and Free State of Jones. A North Carolina native, Sean wrote, produced and starred in the 1997 film Paradise Falls which won Best Picture at six film festivals; the film is scheduled for re-release later this year as Carolina Low. With his company Travelin’ Production, Sean has co-produced and co-directed two short films — A Night at the Zoo and The Birthday Present — and is in the process of developing a feature film set in the post-Civil War era called Arkansas Traveler. He has been married to his wife Rachel since 1998. They have three children.


WILLIAM H. MACY (Grandpa Robert) is an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee, a SAG and Emmy® Award winning actor, and a writer in theater, film and television. He currently stars in the Showtime series Shameless. He was recently nominated for a second Emmy for his portrayal of patriarch Frank Gallagher. His film credits include Seabiscuit, The Cooler, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Jurassic Park III, Fargo, TNT's Door to Door, and Wild Hogs. Macy made his feature directorial debut with Rudderless, which was the closing film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and later distributed by Paramount/Goldwyn. Macy is also a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company.